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Cunnington Shift
38 min2012 DEC 21
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Be The Light


I want to introduce you to our Woman of the Week, Larkin McPhee. Larkin has made award-winning documentary films for twenty years, examining subjects ranging from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl to the high-minded ideas emanating from the intellectual stronghold, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Larkin has traveled the world, filming on five continents for various film projects. She has also produced two of the most successful shows in the history of PBS pledge drives on the subject of personal finance, featuring Suze Orman. But what Larkin is perhaps best known for is her intimate, sensitive portrayals of people in critically acclaimed films such as Depression: Out of the Shadows, a primetime PBS special on the illness of depression and Dying To Be Thin, a NOVA special on eating disorders. These were not subjects Larkin had set out to tackle...they found her instead...and she paid attention. As easy as it would have been to turn away from these people who seemed lost and confused, and these tough, heavy subjects, Larkin had the courage to take them on. As a result, her documentaries have saved many lives and helped to heal many families. To listen to the interview with Larkin, click below!